Night Of The Shooting Stars

Overview

In Tuscan lore, the evening of August 10th is la notte di san lorenzo the night of the shooting stars. Each of these stars is believed to grant one wish. In this celebrated film by Italy's Taviani brothers, a woman asks for the words to tell her son about that same night during the last days of World War II. The Nazis occupied Italy and the fascists had mined her small Tuscan village of San Martino. Skeptical of the fascists' promise that all peasants will be safe in San Martino's cathedral, a group of villagers ...
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Overview

In Tuscan lore, the evening of August 10th is la notte di san lorenzo the night of the shooting stars. Each of these stars is believed to grant one wish. In this celebrated film by Italy's Taviani brothers, a woman asks for the words to tell her son about that same night during the last days of World War II. The Nazis occupied Italy and the fascists had mined her small Tuscan village of San Martino. Skeptical of the fascists' promise that all peasants will be safe in San Martino's cathedral, a group of villagers opt to leave and search for the Italian partisans and advancing American forces. Among those to depart is the woman, then only six years old. La Notte di San Lorenzo is the story of the villagers' remarkable exodus, the fate of those left behind, and the partisan struggle against fascism -- lyrically intertwined with their thoughts, loves, fears, and memories, as well as the fantasies of a young girl experiencing the tragedy she perceives to be her greatest adventure. ~ Aubry Anne D'Arminio
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Special Features

"Talking About Cinema: Taviani Brothers" (84 minute interview by Carlo Lizzani); Includes 8-page booklet with essay by Italian cinema expert Peter Bondanella
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Editorial Reviews

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Filmmakers Vittorio and Paolo Taviani based La Notte di San Lorenzo on their own World War II experience. Though the two were teenage boys during the conflict, the film is depicted through the eyes of a six-year-old girl and narrated by a grown woman. This fusion of sensibilities -- the memories of the male Tavianis, the imagination of the child, and the meditative hindsight of the woman -- produces nuances that reflect not only a war story, but also the entire human experience. La Notte di San Lorenzo is about childhood, make-believe, puberty, love, marriage, parenthood, friendship, hope, aging, loyalty, fear, desperation, loss, and death. It appeals to universal emotions that transcend sex and age and delivers unforgettable images that exceed beauty and poignancy: a hasty wedding celebration outside an empty church, a child's silent exchange with a smiling American soldier, a little girl's vision of the partisans as Greek warriors, an exhausted young man fanning flies off his dead friend, and an old widow and widower sharing a bed for the first time. The winner of the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Film, La Notte di San Lorenzo, like many war films, is forceful, violent, and distressing. Yet, its focus on humanity suggests that mankind rises above such atrocities. The effect is striking.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2008
  • UPC: 741952315094
  • Original Release: 1982
  • Source: Koch Lorber Films
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Omero Antonutti Galvano
Margarita Lozano Concetta
Claudio Bigagli Corrado
Massimo Bonetti Nicole
Dario Cantarelli Priest
Sergio Dagliana Olinto
Giuseppe Furia Requiem
Graziella Galvani Signora Migliorati
Giovanni Guidelli Marmugi Junior
Mirio Guidelli Duilio
Paolo Hendel Dilvo
Laura Mannucchi Signora Naldini
Norma Martelli Ivana
Rinaldo Mirannalti Attorney Migliorati
Enrica Maria Modugno Mara
Franco Piacentini Nicola's Father
Antonio Prester Tuminello
David Riondino Giglioli
Gianfranco Salemi Man in the Bus
Massimo Sarchielli Father Marmugi
Sabina Vannucchi Rosanna
Technical Credits
Paolo Taviani Director, Screenwriter
Vittorio Taviani Director, Screenwriter
Raimondo Crociani Editor
Giuliani de Negri Producer, Screenwriter
Franco di Giacomo Cinematographer
Tonino Guerra Screenwriter
Roberto Perpignani Editor
Nicola Piovani Score Composer
Gianni Sbarra Art Director
Lina Nerli Taviani Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Night of the Shooting Stars
1. The Night of Shooting Stars [3:22]
2. Wedding [7:28]
3. Americans? [6:44]
4. The Darkest Clothes [8:21]
5. Leaving [4:57]
6. Explostons [10:04]
7. Communion [9:18]
8. Nursery Rhyme [7:05]
9. Sleeping [10:51]
10. Requiem [4:52]
11. The Following Morning [13:28]
12. Cherry Tree [3:45]
13. 40 Years [7:54]
14. End of My Story [5:52]
15. Sleep, My Love [1:24]
16. Credits [1:35]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Night of the Shooting Stars
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Subtitles
      English
      Spanish
      None
   Bonus
      Taking About Cinema: Taviani Brothers Interview
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